The members of the little league softball teams that will represent Negros Occidental in the Asia-Pacific Qualifier in Singapore are scheduled to leave on June 27.
Team consultant Tony Oquindo said the provincial government approved a budget of P2 million for the two teams for the tournament in Singapore, and hopefully, for the World Series in the US.
“The provincial government has increased the budget from P800,000 to P2 million after the two teams won the Philippine Series championship,” Oquindo said.
With the budgetary requirement already met, he said the team managers are now fast tracking the travel documents of the players, who are presently training at ETCS 1(major league) and Domingo Lacson National High School (junior league).
Oquindo explained that the players for the two teams were selected from San Carlos City in the North to Hinoba-an town in the South.
“We have players from Silay, Moises Padilla, Murcia and Bacolod City. They will carry the name Negros Selection in the Asia-Pacific and hopefully, in the World Series,” Oquindo said.
The majors, mentored by Lizvi Jalandoni, beat Bohol in the Visayas qualifier then routed Cavite in the Philippine Series, 13-3, to advance to the Asia-Pacific Championship in Singapore.
The juniors of coach Rocel Hulleza, got past host Dumaguete in the Visayas Leg, and Pasig in the Philippine series to book a spot in the Zonals.
Meanwhile, Oquindo said that the city government of Bacolod also committed to support the two teams in the Singapore tournament.
“We were told that a Memorandum of Agreement, signifying the city’s support to our teams has been drafted. Hopefully, this will be finalized before the teams leave for Singapore,” Oquindo added.*NAB
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